One month today we will be at The Great Escape. Actually at it. Hopefully you’ll be there too, attending one of the many talks, debates, panels, networking sessions, keynotes and parties the team here at CMU has laid on in the convention section. Then in the evening, you can join us at a gig or two. That’s if you can keep up with us, because with over 300 bands playing there’s a lot to get through.
To lend you a helping hand in spotting us as we dash between Brighton’s many venues, we’ve put together a series of playlists featuring bands we’re particularly excited about seeing. Take a look at the first here and the second here, then make your way through the third below.
01 Blanck Mass – Chernobyl
For his Blanck Mass project, Ben Power takes the long drawn out synth sounds of his other band Fuck Buttons and turns the volume way down, resulting in something akin to Brian Eno’s ‘Apollo’ album. His TGE show should provide a calm amidst the frenzy.
02 Halls – I Am Not Who You Want
The release of his ‘Fragile’ EP, from which ‘I Am Not Who You Want’ is taken, saw producer Halls move away from his purely synth-driven sound, incorporating classical instruments such as piano and strings into the mix to great effect.
03 Us Baby Bear Bones – Rain
One of our favourite discoveries of last year’s Great Escape, Brighton outfit Us Baby Bear Bones return this year for a trio of shows as part of the Alternative Escape. Having been away working hard on tightening up their sound, they have new EP due out on Love Thy Neighbour in July.
04 Paul Thomas Saunders – Appointment In Samarra
Young singer-songwriter Paul Thomas Saunders has a piercing voice that is incredible on this recording and jaw-dropping when witnessed live. Very highly recommended.
05 Junkie XL – Off The Dancefloor (Trippple Nippples Remix)
Junkie XL isn’t playing this year’s Great Escape, but Trippple Nippples are and they’re pretty near the top of the list of bands we’re looking forward to seeing. This electro duo have been banned from two venues in their native Tokyo due to their over the top live shows, and with two Brighton shows lined up, well, I like those odds.
06 Keep Shelly In Athens – Our Own Dream
Having successfully kept the buzz around them at arm’s length throughout last year, Keep Shelly In Athens continue to put out high quality atmospheric pop. Their TGE show will bring to a close a brief UK tour as they make their way back to, would you believe it, Athens.
07 Tall Ships – T=0
Signed to the excellent Blood And Biscuits label, Brighton-based rock outfit Tall Ships are due to officially release their latest single, ‘T=0′, next week, although it’s already available digitally, which is good news for us because it means we can all sit here now and listen to its spiralling guitar lines.
08 Riz MC – All Of You (feat Aruba Red)
As well as being one of the UK’s brightest young actors (best known for his role as the lead in ‘Four Lions’), Riz Ahmed is also an accomplished rapper. His debut album, ‘MICroscope’, was released last year cementing his own musical vision, which was further established with an innovative live show.
09 Lapalux – Moments (feat Py)
Taken from his ‘When You’re Gone’ EP, which was release earlier this year through Brainfeeder, this track features in demand vocalist Py, who perfectly complements Lapalux’s experimental R&B sound.
10 Philco Fiction – Finally
Norwegian trio Philco Fiction are due to release their debut full-length EP ‘Take It Personal’ in the UK later this year. The first single from it, ‘Finally’, shows off the more heart-melting end of their diverse sound (and has a great accompanying video too).